and has so many layers of meaning

Figure Skating Charms and a Wealth of Nuance

Haha…so…*guiltily posts this months later* I had this in my drafts 70% completed since episode 10 came out, but with episode 11 and 12 the fandom exploded on other issues, and I thought it was kind of irrelevant since the rings have so many layers of meaning already. But in PASH magazine’s March issue, Kubo-sensei actually brings this up. 

I ended up cleaning this post and after finding out that @sachiro​ was going to make a similar post, we decided to have “pair posts” to submit for victuuriweek. You can read their yoi meta here , which discusses and connects specific moments throughout the series to the points I’ll lay out in the second half of this post.

About Yuuri’s charm. Yuuri has a figure skating precedent for buying jewelry to act as a charm - it isn’t a blasé “lots of good stuff around here…yeah, rings can make good charms, right? idk, but I’m doing it anyway.” Here’s yet another layer.

Charms are a legitimate THING in figure skating.

You won’t read about this in figure skating intros or on Wikipedia, and you won’t hear commentators talk about it either (if it’s brought up, consider it a stroke of luck and immediately save that video/interview forever). Unless you follow skaters to the point of knowing about their personal lives, then this is one meaningful aspect of figure skating that is easy to miss.

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~just renee walker things~

  • her hair’s too short to really tie back
    • if she uses a band she has to use a lot of clips to keep it even remotely where it should be. and she uses clips of all different shapes and colours
    • if she uses a bandana she is immediately the cutest pirate girl, ever
  • she likes conservative clothing which just means she wears as many layers as she can at all times
    • (cold lesbian grunge)
  • and she really likes jumpers that are too big and fold over her hands
  • she has reading glasses
  • and freckles
  • she’s an unrepentant morning person. she loves mornings and has no problem getting up early in the morning
    • she’ll wake up early just to watch the sunset, no matter how late she goes to bed
    • she schedules all her classes for the morning so “the rest of my day is free!”
    • somehow she can still stay up late with no problem. it’s probably magic tbh
  • she spends her summer breaks volunteering at local schools, shops and charities as well as spending time with her chosen family (the walkers, but her friends, too)
  • once she took a class on astronomy and she researches things in her free time
    • when the foxes are out at night she’ll point at constellations and tell them about them
  • she loves hand-written letters
    • she’ll write them over summer break, but she writes more once the foxes start graduating
    • when she leaves with the peace corps it’s almost like nothing changed
  • she doesn’t believe in boring colours, so she doesn’t use black or blue pens unless she’s forced to for exams
    • the most serious she gets in her later years at palmetto is whenever she talks about having to use black pens. she actually says “fuck the system.” matt goes into cardiac arrest
  • she’s an unrepentant feminist. please. of course she is
  • allison swears up and down that the scariest thing about renee is that she has the most ridiculous tolerance for spicy foods. she doesn’t flinch. ever
  • her hair is naturally dark so when she first bleached it, it went orange. stephanie has photos and takes pleasure in showing every one of the foxes. “it was fate,” she says. dan says she should go ginger again to show fox spirit

this is all i can think of tonight pls talk to me about renee walker the actual light of my life

12x19 Deconstruction: Part II - The Mixtape Exchange


(A MIXTAPE, GUYS. A GODDAMN MIXTAPE!)

So, yeah, there really wasn’t anything else I could possibly call this piece of dialogue, was there? Nope. Let’s set the scene:

Dean is at his computer. There’s a knock on the door. Cas opens it, pauses, and what we learn from this, by the way, is that Cas was waiting for a response and when he didn’t get one he proceeded inside, thinking Dean wasn’t there. What does this visual exposition tell us?

a) Dean’s bedroom is not off limits to Cas if Dean’s not there, because there’s trust
b) Cas didn’t come to the room looking for Dean

The reason Cas goes to Dean’s room is to get the Colt - the mixtape is just his excuse. So, then, what an utterly beautiful tool of exposition this innocent piece of prop becomes, and how incredibly well it’s used to highlight exactly what the problem has always been in this relationship: the lack of fucking communication. In fact, not only does the mixtape highlight the lack of communication, it goes further as it turns that problem on it’s head completely when, suddenly, both of these men open up to each other. And the fact that Cas is there on a mission, that he’s effectively playing Dean, doesn’t take away from all the truth that is in this exchange as well. Not that there’s complete honesty. Not just yet, but it’s coming. Oh, it’s absolutely on the horizon. It has to be. And this exchange is, as so many others, riddled with subtext which makes the interpretation of it layered to the extreme, but what I have on offer today is my take. So, here goes:

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I’m just going to dissect why I love the line “As she has done so many times before, she thinks of her friends and prays for sunrise” (Not exact) and just what it implies for Troth as a character.
In TAZ nights, it is mentioned a couple times that Troth has anger issues, and though her monk discipline helps curb some it can flare. Notably, in the most recent episode where she shouts at a guard “Go home and Pray for Sunrise.”

Now, in the latest episode of regular TAZ, the line “As she has done so many times before, she thinks of her friends and prays for sunrise” is an obvious omage to this, but it carries a few other layers of meaning. First, there is the element of how the meaning of it literally hasn’t changed, pray that you live to tomorrow, but the connotation and context have entirely changed. Now it has become a symbol of hope and survival for Troth rather than a threat from internal anger, and seemingly has been for a while due to the “As she has done so many times before” part. Also, I find it emotionally poignant that she has also incorporated her friends into this mantra of survival, and that she still cares for them after so long.

TL:DR Griffin McElroy is a genius in making such significant character development happen in the time that Troth appeared in this episode.

We need to talk about Belle’s pockets.

The 2017 and 1991 Beauty and the Beast  is set in 18 century France. This is seen in the architecture and clothing and even some of the mannerisms of the characters. (It’s not 100% accurate because it is a Disney Fairytale and liberties were taken.)

Now about the clothing. I’ve been doing some research for some unrelated things and I found a cool video on clothing in the 18th century. (You can watch it here.) The most intersting thing I found was the pockets. Yes, POCKETS. Ladies actually had pockets in their dresses back then!! This is the even cooler part. They were more or less small bags that hung at the hip. They were worn under a couple of layers and all of those layers had slits in them to allow access to the pocket. 

Heres whats so cool about Emma Watson’s Belle. She wears her pockets on the outside of her dress. Not only are they accurate to what pockets looked like in the 18th century, but they are seen. At the time, pockets were a very private thing. They were often stolen by being cut off a lady- thus you wear them under so many layers. It was also one of your only private places to hide things (small houses or maids poking around). Belle is making a pretty big satement wearing her pockets outside of her dress. 1) she has nothing of great value. 2) she trusts her fellow towns people not to steal what she does have. 3) She doesn’t care that people can see her pockets (I mean she also has her skirt tucked into her waist band so…) 4) She has no secrets. She’s an open book. ;)

So there you go. Bravo to the costume designer, Jacqueline Durran!

Tim is always cold

No matter what season it is or how many layers he’s wearing, Tim is always a few degrees colder than everyone around him. Nobody knows if it’s because he’s so skinny, because he no longer has a spleen, or because he’s just naturally like that, but no matter the cause, his family always does whatever they can to keep him warm. 

This means warm hugs from Dick whenever he’s in close enough proximity. This means Jason lending his little bro his too big leather jacket when they’re out on a mission and he can see Tim shivering. This means enduring itchy knitted mittens and scarves from Barbara but wearing them anyway because it makes her happy and besides, they do actually make him feel much warmer. This means hot tea and soup from Alfred whenever he needs it, because that old man has unrivalled butler instincts and the talent to provide them before Tim even has to ask. This means Stephanie buying dozens of fluffy blankets so Tim always has enough when they go to bed, and also having the perfect excuse to cuddle with him all night.  

Just 

Cold Tim being cared for by his concerned family 

Fandom Fic Rec Days

To celebrate the Fandom Fic Rec Days on 10th,11th and 12th(see this), I’ve decided to create my own Adlock Fic Rec.Well I’m not exactly new to Sherlock fandom and adlock yatch in general.But I’m not a veteran either,since I’ve only been in this fandom for a year (since february 2015).Tbh,I’ve been a professional shipper for 4 years in other fandoms,I’m also a fanfic enthusiast.I have to admit,Adlock is one of the ship that has some of the greatest fics that I’ve ever had a chance to read in my fangirl life and some of the best fanfic authors I’ve ever seen.Without further ado,I would like to introduce to my fellow adlockers my Adlock Ficrec

***Warning:this list is based on my personal preference,so there will be a few that are left out.I call this list my adlock fic recommendation.Feel free to add your own favorite ones!


1.There are authors who frequently write about adlock,whether they write ficlets,drabbles or a whole series with the length of a real-life book series.To start,here is authors of adlock ficlets and short fics that I like: @ebdaydreamer, @randombiochemist @sorrowsflower(queen of short fics imo) @i-am-adlocked lyrangalia @throughtheparadox @captnandycalavera (if you want fluff and romantic,sweet adlock) and Del(goddessdel) (if you want to read smut)

2.Must read: The first thing I do when I enter a new ship is search for fanfics about them on ao3 and fanfiction.net.And this list contains fics which I highly recommend you to check out if you’re new to the yacht:

  • Neither A Soldier Nor A Gentleman by  Francesca_Wayland:The very first adlock fic that I read.A closer look at what happened after Sherlock’s rescue in Karachi and what followed.(you can check out the sequel Sui Generis and other fics written by her)
  • Come Attrition,Come Hell by @tales-of-inkinc:Sad,angsty,melancholy,might leave you heartbroken but just read this!It’s worth all the pain if you want to explore this side of their relationship
  • The Price Of Retrouvailles by @akajustmerry:If you want an in -character expression of love and and tenderness between our favorite geniuses and a good mystery then this fic is what you need.
  • What He Likes and sequel The Way the Heavens Go by solojones:Sherlock’s struggle with drug habit through the eyes of Irene.Very detailed and well written but unfortunately,the author haven’t update the sequel for a long time :(
  • The W Hypothesis by @elinorx :I admit,for a historical romance trash like me,this fic is like a dream comes true.I mean,adlock+victorian era+badass female characters+a thrilling case that contains layers of dark secrets?Count me in!And the narrative is so addictive,intriguing,seductive with the secretive and tragic air will leave you wanting for more!
  • Death Takes A Holiday series by @lyrangalia:What happened if Sherlock and Irene met during the two-year-hiatus? A holiday with blood,sex,violence,BDSM mixes with heavy sentiments,lies and constant deny of feelings.A memorable holiday that change both of it participants forever.Super long but extremely satisfying
  • A Very Different Level by SorrowsFlower:A seriesby @sorrowsflower-queen of short fics :) Update when the inspiration hit.For more adlock content,check out her tumblr.

And finally,I give you my no.1 adlock series:Sherlock & The Woman with its sequel The Good,The Bad and The Woman by Ibaraz:When I first came to Adlock yacht,I only looked for their fics on ao3,but due to the limited number of adlock fics on the site,I move to ff.net for more,That’s how I discovered these gems.The first time I read the fics,I was impressed because of how Sherlock-y the narrative was,but back then I kind of didn’t like the way the author wrote Irene.I’m sure some of you would have the same thought like me when you read the 2 fics the first time.But wait!Let me tell you this:we barely know anything about her,are you sure this Irene is OOC? Well to me after at least 10 times re read these two,I can say Irene Adler of this fic is absolutely my favorite.I mean,the reason this series is a true masterpiece to me is not just in the way each chapters is like a Sherlock episode itself (the clever and thrilling plot,smart dialogues,the way the characters act stay so true to their canon versions) but how the author has created,portrayed and explored the love-hate relationship between Sherlock and Irene in a way that will leave you stunned.Ibaraz has describe Sherlock and Irene’s relationship especially with all the odds and heartbroken aspects.With the minimum amount of romantic scenes but maximum the feelings and heartfelt meaning in each line of dialogues,not to mention a tons of well set up details that when everything is uncover is will make you surprise.And last but not least:This series is so so angsty and painful and so so sad that It’s so good.Each time I read It’s each time I discover some new layers behind all the beautifully written words.The emotions hit me everytime.I have like TOO many thing to say about this series but It’s best if you go and read it yourself (maybe I’ll have a post only for this one hell of a fanfic series).Seriously,this series deserves more attention and mentioning from the yacht! (and I’m shamelessly promoting it right now) 

Side notes:she is writing the third part of the series:  A Tale of Three Brothers and The Woman


3.Other mentions:

*ASiB/post ASiB/Hiatus fics


*S3/post S3/canon divergence 

The Empty Hearse and sequel The Sign of Three

For you and for myself and sequel Il M'a Dit, Elle M'a Dit

This is Not a Safe House, Part III

Ships in Glass Bottles

The Conundrum between Fire and Ice (WIP)

A Very Affirming Relationship

 In the Morning Sun

Nero Wolfe Series

*AU fics

A Scandal in Hogwarts (Harry Potter crossover) (WIP)

The caretaker (WIP)

The Broken Tango

Philophobia

Here Be Dragons (in-hiatus)

Why I really want a Steven/Lars fusion (Stars).

All through the past Bomb (and the whole series, tbh), I’ve been watching with bated breath as Lars develops. Throughout the show, he’s gone from a standard bully trope to a legit character who hides his insecurities through many layers of being mean to people, including the girl that he obviously has a crush on.

Most of the Lars episodes we’ve had so far have been developmental towards his relationship with Steven, which has become progressively closer. This, I imagine, was the Crewniverse working towards these upcoming episodes.

Either way, at this point, we need this character arc to finally close in a similar way to that of Amethyst’s. How better can this be done than to have Lars participate in something not only very strange to him (he’d probably think that people would think he’s weird for doing Steven’s Gem Stuff), but also a representation of a close relationship, which, as we’ve seen (or has been implied), Lars is terrified of.

To conclude, having Stars show up wouldn’t just be an awesome way to end a pretty good storyline, but it would finally show Lars that it’s okay to be who he actually is, and give him confidence that he so desperately deserves, be it in his potential friendships or his relationship with Sadie.

a totally pointless detail

Carmilla has not worn what we’d consider underwear for the majority of her life

even drawers/pantaloons for women didn’t become a thing until the 1820s and they had an open crotch seam until the 1920s

by modern standards she has spent 245 of her 319 years going commando

I mean there are so many layers of cloth involved what with petticoats and the wide legs of those drawers and a chemise underneath that it’s not really sexy nor liable to cause accidental flashing but still

I just thought about that. wonder if she finds panties annoying or convenient?

anonymous asked:

What your opinion on krillen and android 18

I love everything about it and it is pure and it is wonderful and it has so many layers of depth to it that no one wants to look into which is frankly a crime…

-ahem-

When you get right down to it, the progression (stated progression at least) of their relationship is easily one of the healthiest in comparison to an irl relationship and would, therefore, be one of the stronger bonds in the show. On her part, it’s simultaneously easier to see, yet harder perhaps to understand, what it means for her to choose him. He’s not what most would consider a conventionally attractive man, he’s not as comparably strong, he’s not very exotic or wealthy, etc. and the last bit there is actually pretty sacrificial on her part. While 18 isn’t necessarily what I’d call materialistic, she does have a love for the finer things in life, likely both due to her delinquent lifestyle and being used to taking what she wanted, and also likely due to simply never having had them. Whether it’s residual memories of childhood, or simply the lack of memories of these things, I can’t say. But she gave that up, or at least put it on the back burner, when she married him. 

As for why she married him… it was because he wasn’t like anyone she’d ever met before. He wasn’t two-faced, he didn’t really serve any ulterior motives, he didn’t try to act tough to impress her, didn’t change himself to be more like what he’d assume she’d like him to be. He was just himself, he was honest and straightforward with her, he was a nice guy and not wild or “bad” at all. And that attracted her to him, she wanted more of that. He represented a normal, happy, decent future for her with someone who only wanted to see her happy, and she wanted that, and him, more than anything.

As for his POV, it’s easy to see why he’d like her, but also harder to see what he had to overlook. On the one hand, let’s get real: she’s one of the few women who ever showed any kind of interest in or paid attention to him. She was the first one to ever even so much as kiss him on the dang cheek, so far as we ever saw in canon at least. And that did endear her to him. Is that sad and kinda pathetic? Yes, it honestly is to an extent, and he himself recognized that. But at the same time, as he learned more about her and even her brother, his outlook changed. These were two kids who, in the prime of their lives, had them stolen away, turned into weapons by some madman obsessed with revenge, who’d then decided they were outmoded, defective, and had tried to simply put them into storage like some kind of toy. He also noted, as Kami had, that the two really hadn’t done anything wrong. They’d killed Gero and had intended to be on their way until Vegeta had pressed a fight with the two, and the sole reason they were looking for Goku was so 16 could fulfill his prime directive and they could go live their lives however they wanted. 

He saw they wanted a semblance of normalcy, a chance to live. It’s part of why he smashed that remote rather than deactivate her, take away her personhood and reduce her to a thing again. It’s why he used a wish to try to restore her and her brother back to being completely human, but at least removed the explosives planted within them. He did this without thinking he’d get any benefit from it; hell, he was sure that her brother was her boyfriend at the time, that as attractive as she was she had to have someone, that he had no chance in hell of having any relationship with her at all, but… he still genuinely cared, wanted her to be able to have her life back, or at least some semblance of it.

On the flipside, this is also why 18 snapped at him and accused him of saving her and expecting her to just fall at his feet in gratitude, why she tried to accuse him of making that wish to “win her heart”. It was how everyone had treated her. People were only nice to her when they expecting to get something in return, or helped her seeking some form of gratuity. But this man, this weird, funny little man who’d tried to reason with her instead of assuming she was a monster… he hadn’t. He treated her like a person and gave her a chance to live expecting absolutely nothing from her in return.

That’s what sparked off their relationship, that’s what bloomed into love, a marriage, a family. And that is why I do feel they are objectively among the most underrated fictional couples of all time in ANY series.

For the Love of a Queen. Black Sails Episode Seven


In last week’s episode of Black Sails, we witnessed the final moments of Madi Scott, Queen of the Maroons. If episode six was about the cycle of life coming to an end, episode seven centers on the aftermath of  Madi’s “death” and how the people she loved are dealing with it.

We open the episode with the Queen Mother sitting quietly clutching what looks to be a piece of jewelry, Madi’s maybe. It’s immediately obvious that she’s been told of Madi’s death. You can see the grief on her face. After a moment, Silver walks into the room. You hear his crutch before you actually see him, and in that instance the Queen Mother gathers herself. She puts her face back on or at least she attempts to until Silver starts to talk…

~ I wasn’t able to say goodbye to her. So I didn’t know what she would have wanted me to say to you right now, if anything at all. She and I we’ve become close. So I think I have some sense of what it might have been. She was curious and strong and not made to be hidden away from the world. She was able to see it before she died and she was fighting for something she believed in, when she died. ~ Silver

~ You knew her well.~ Queen Mother

~ I loved her. I believe she loved me. I think she would have wanted you to know that, too.~ Silver

You know how you sometimes ask for something and then once you get it, you’re disappointed. This wasn’t one of those times. Since Season three, one of the items on my Black Sails wish-list was a scene between Silver and the Queen Mother. Of course, I wanted it for the obvious reasons, Madi. However, I was also dying to see how these two witty, intelligent, so very different characters would play off each other. I never could have imagined that their first solo scene would be in a room surrounded by Madi’s books and cloaked in heartache.

I adored the fact that Silver, lover of language that he is, was able to give voice to the Queen Mother’s grief. Its appropriate really because when you’ve suffered a lost as great as hers, you don’t have the words to describe it, especially when the pain is so fresh. As she’s sitting there she is probably wondering why this presumptuous pirate is invading the worst moment of her life, but then he starts to speak. I immediately realize it’s his Madi voice. By that I mean, Silver changes his tone and inflection frequently depending on who he is talking to. I tend to think of this voice as the “sincerity” voice and he normally only uses it with Madi. What a strong decision the writers made to essentially have Silver “eulogize” his love. Even more touching was the fact that Madi’s mother recognized the truth in what he was saying. The man clearly knew her child. His description of her showed that. So when he admitted on a broken breath that he loved her, the Queen Mother “knew”. She “knew” that he was speaking the truth and it seemed to give her some comfort that her only child, however briefly, found love and peace in the middle of so much turmoil.

Our next scene takes us to a meeting of the Alliance. All the pirates and maroons are there discussing the upcoming war. Silver walks in and Flint asks him “how is she”, meaning the Queen Mother. Silver states simply “breathing”. Who could know that one simple word could be so gut-wrenching and powerful. It’s obviously true though. Madi is dead and the people who loved her best are merely existing.

So… back to the meeting where we now find out that not only does Flint want to invade the entire West Indies, but also Boston. No, you didn’t misread that. Captain Flint now wants to declare war on Boston and even Silver is surprised. Where is Billy when you need him to point out the ridiculousness of this? Well, he’s kind of preoccupied (it’s coming), but Julius steps up to the plate. Julius calls straight bullshit on this plan of Captain Flint.

~ Fools. You’re all fools if you think this road leads to where he says it does. What happens when our enemy realizes that all he has to do to defeat us is to  take away that common cause? Turn one against the other. And when that happens, as it is all but certain to do, which one of us standing here are likely to be the ones who benefit and which the ones sold back into their chains? ~ Julius

I’m absolutely loving the fact that Julius is not here to play anyone’s fool and in the process reminds these emotional pirates that he saved their asses, lest they forget. That said though, Long John didn’t take to kindly to Julius not toeing the line and busted out the Pirate King voice to tell Julius to get the fuck off his Bae’s island if he wasn’t going to support the cause. Every time, I watch this scene I cackle. Mostly, because the Queen Mother has to step in and calm down her son-in-law before all hell breaks loose.

The Queen Mother invites Julius and Ruth to meet with her. The purpose is to smooth some of the feathers that Silver has ruffled and to also explain why she set aside her initial mistrust of the pirates to form the alliance. It’s interesting that Julius has now firmly stepped into the role of the Queen Mother. He is now all for building a wall and saving who you can save. The Queen Mother, on the other hand, has witnessed the death of her husband and her daughter as a result of this. Maybe, just maybe she wants their deaths to have a greater meaning. At the end of the conversation Julius states….

~ No one changes the world. Not like this. Not all at once. The world is too strong for that. ~ Julius

… and in that moment, I realize, not for the first time, that Julius is going to be a true player in this game. So many layers, yet to be revealed.

Flint goes in search of Silver and finds him in Madi’s library, collapsed on the floor and surrounded by her books. So many parallels between him and the Queen Mother in this episode. Both sitting in the library, both clutching Madi’s things and both holding on with both hands to their love for her.

 I loved this scene between Luke and Toby. Luke does that thing where he looks away while delivering most of his monologue. Gawd, does it work. You can feel that Silver is overwhelmed, devastated and raw. You can also feel that he’s bothered by the fact that he can’t pull it together. That’s why he looks away. He doesn’t want Flint to see the pure anguish in his face. Toby’s choice to sit here was masterful and so real. That move said, I’m taking off my Captain hat and I’m just going to sit here and comfort my friend. Ugh…

I say ugh, because watching this I’m so conflicted. Silver has just expressed to Flint that the Resistance has to continue. He can’t deal with the fact that Madi’s death might be in vain. Again…. paralleling the Queen Mother. Flint responds in the most supportive way. He reminds Silver that he saved him from “drowning” before and that he was going to return the favor.

~ Look at me. I will do the same for you. I give you my word. But in order to do that you have to trust my judgement for a little while. While yours is reeling~ Flint

The part of me that wants Silver to have one damn person, still alive, that gives a fuck about him rejoiced. Somebody is going to help my Bae while he’s in the midst of this storm. But… the 4 season watching chick knows better. This is Flint we’re talking about. Flint. Yeah, so it’s still Stranger Danger, we don’t know him and Lawd please send Madi back because it’s Flint.

Speaking of Queen Madi…. We find out from one of Woode Rogers’ men that one of the members of the Pirate Resistance wants to speak with him and only him. I told ya’ll earlier, Billy was busy. Once Billy receives his audience with the Governor, he explains that he himself is actually Long John Silver. He is the one who recruited the pirates, sabotaged the Governor’s supply lines and turned water into wine. He was in full on god-mode. I’m assuming the purpose was to “show” Rogers that he “made” Long John Silver and John Silver was still the useless, one-legged creature that he has always been.

Side note… I really can’t wait until Billy has to eat those words.


Billy has come to broker a deal with the Psycho Guv. He explains that the other Pirates left him to die and therefore he wants his revenge, and he has just the right instrument to accomplish that…


Yep, that’s right. The Queen ain’t dead ya’ll. Evidently, the future Mrs. Silver has just as many lives as her beloved. So, I’m sure by this moment, you’ve figured out Billy’s plan right? Let’s trade the Queen for the cache. That will be the perfect revenge. I’ll just sit back and watch Silver and Flint destroy each other. This shit would be comical, but we’ve seen it before. Remember, when Woode Rogers was bested by Eleanor and decided to sail his ass to Havana? This is that moment. This won’t end well. Oh… the parallels.

So Governor Rogers has Madi moved to her own private cell and heads down to discuss terms with her. Interesting though, the very first thing he does is mention Eleanor. Someone, Billy probably, has informed him that Madi was with Eleanor before she died. He has questions, but the Queen ain’t answering. When he finally realizes that Queen Madi is indeed a Queen (meaning she doesn’t have time for your shenanigans or feelings) he gets down to business. He presents her with a contract or terms, if you will. Basically, he will emancipate all of Madi’s people on two conditions: She turns in all future Runaway slaves and she cuts off all ties to the Pirate’s. Didn’t Julius warn us about the “man”? Didn’t he specifically say these divide and conquer tactics would be forthcoming? Well, that didn’t take long. However, if we don’t know anything else, we know that Madi loves her people. All enslaved people and at the very least one Pirate. So in her regal way she said fuck you and I’ll die fighting, bitch! Oh and by the way, I stay ready so I don’t have to get ready. Daddy saw to that. Remember, Queen Madi is well versed on this villain ya’ll.



So now that we know that Queen Madi is alive, all we need is for her favorite people to find out and go get her, right? If only it were so simple. The Queen Mother receives a letter from Rogers informing her that Madi is alive, and he’s holding her hostage for the cache. Silver is relieved and more than happy to turn over the treasure, but Flint and even the Queen Mother are hesitant to do that. The Queen Mother through tears tells Silver that “my daughter is everything to me as I believe she is to you, but that cache is critical to the success of the war…”. Flint chimes in to tell Silver that they can pay the ransom or have the war, but they can’t have both and that’s when things go left…..


~ A week ago, you were willing to trade this money for a fucking fort and now its too important to trade for Madi’s life? ~ Silver

~ Things have changed~ Flint

~ Nothing has changed that justifies trading her life for YOUR war. ~ Silver

~ No one is saying that we let her die. ~ Flint

~ No? Because that is certainly what it sounds like. ~ Silver

~ We will find a way to get her back. We just cannot sacrifice the cache in order to do that. ~ Flint

~ Is this war more important than her life? Answer the question. I wanna hear you say it. Is this war more important than her life? ~ Silver

~ Right now with what’s at stake, yes it is more important.~ Flint

~ Oh, fuck you! ~ Silver


There was quite a bit more dialogue after the FUCK YOU heard around the world. Flint made promises to save Madi and kill anyone who stood in their way. The Queen Mother looked distraught as hell, and Silver appeared to be managed. If just for a moment, you could be led to believe that he’s okay with following Flint’s plan. Until this….

Israel Hand’s once told Flint “ how long do you think he can suffer it before he decides he can do better than you.” Well, judging from that look, I think we’re about to find out.

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Well my character has many layers. I mean, every artist and actor wants to be challenged and variety is the spice of life, and that’s exactly what Cheryl is. She does have all the characteristics of a typical “mean girl,” but underneath it all, she’s actually a very damaged human being, what with her brother being dead and her parents being completely terrible people. There’s so much going on beneath the surface. It’s every actor’s dream to play a complex character.

You’re a Monster...

I’d like to point out something I realized. Someone else has probably pointed it out, but here it goes…

So the big reveal was Kylo Ren BEN SOLO taking off his mask before Rey. Others have already elaborated upon this scene, so I shouldn’t need to explain why it’s so important. 

Originally posted by boomdafunk

What I do want to delve into is Rey’s line to Ben directly after he kills his father. She calls him a monster, and the film makes a deliberate effort to show you his expression at this as well as his sharp retort, which I honestly feel has many layered meanings, but let’s keep it simple for this post. 

“It’s just us now. Han Solo can’t save you.”

(Someone can reblog with the gif of this if they find it. <3)

That was said, in my opinion, as a jab directly at Rey, because – if Ben is being totally honest with himself – her bitter words cut him deeper than he’d have liked. He shouldn’t be opposed to being called a monster, yet he is (especially by the girl he’d unmasked for). Look at his eyes, his face, after she says the words. His subsequent remark is made to provoke her, but just as she raises the weapon, he force pushes her into a tree effectively knocking her out for the time being. Then he focuses on Finn and lets his anger drive him. Notice when Rey wakes up and the saber goes to her that Ben’s whole attitude changes. 

Not to mention he hammers his fist into his side in this scene and Rey sees his blood in the snow. All symbolic.

Rey is Ben’s tether – for the audience – to his compassion and humanity. Through her perspective, because this is her journey, we see Kylo Ren flickering back and forth from his true self to this hazy mirage of what he thinks he wants to be. He is a dying candle in a room with no light and no oxygen. His compassion is the traitor to his bastard persona Kylo Ren, yet compassion is part of Ben Solo and Ben Solo is what made Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren will never be immune to his humanity. No one can change that and Snoke is going to find out just how fatal of a mistake manipulating Ben’s life will be for him… soon.

The Ben Solo vs. Snoke showdown will be glorious. 

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“Well my character has many layers. I mean, every artist and actor wants to be challenged and variety is the spice of life, and that’s exactly what Cheryl is. She does have all the characteristics of a typical “mean girl,” but underneath it all, she’s actually a very damaged human being, what with her brother being dead and her parents being completely terrible people. There’s so much going on beneath the surface. It’s every actor’s dream to play a complex character.” - MADELAINE PETSCH.

This is my view on Bucky as a character some people are like he’s a bad character and I’m like… it’s not that simple. He was brainwashed, he was tortured and he has flaws. I feel like he’s one of the best characters because he has so many different layers to him.

besides I feel that so much has been done to him that he can’t ever be defined as being a villain. His dynamic is just so epic at the end of the day which is why when people are like he’s a bad guy I’m like ITS NOT THAT SIMPLE. I mean he literally has commands conditioned into his head to make him attack the people around him. How can that be defined as anything but a badass survivor.

Something that really struck me about Ward was that there was no history of partners- romantic / sexual. Maybe there was and I just missed it, but Ward also had a lack of friendship. His relationship with Danny is too turbulant and on and off for it to be considered a stable relationship. Ward’s not exactly ‘Best Friends Forever’ material. 

And it makes sense, because alot of abused people feel cautious about entering relationships- not only out of fear of being like their abuser, but also the risk of being hurt again. Also, work occupied his life significantly and keeping a secret as big as his father didn’t really die would have taken a toll on Ward.   

So no one ever really told Ward how to make friends, how to communicate well with others, how to control his anger. Because he was born in such a cutthroat environment, full of work, and was getting abused. So yeah- Ward can be childish, bitter and hurtful. But I liked the finale because Ward’s turn is for the best- he really does help Danny and removing the picture of Harold suggests a new, better start not just for Rand but for himself.

The Meachum’s are completely destructive, but Ward’s figuring out that doesn’t mean he has to be. And I like that. He’s a character that demands analyzing, and was a highlight of Iron Fist for me. First I dismissed him as nefarious, but there are many layers to him.

Ok this scene from 1x01 bothers me so much

 where did it come from and what does it mean???

Usually in Legion they don’t shy away from showing future scenes from future episodes in 2 or 3 or 5 episodes earlier, disguising it in flashes of edits and whatnot throughout the show. But this particular moment where he’s dreaming of Syd in the mental hospital bothers me because 

1) We never actually see these scenes in any of the future episodes which is so unlike the pattern (believe it or not there is a pattern here) of this show. We never see Syd tying on her orange scarf in front of David and we never see David standing behind- and possibly holding- Syd while she’s in her orange jacket

2) It begs the question, is David clairvoyant? He was dreaming of Sydney in clothes we don’t get to see her in until later in the show. It’s also impossible to tell what location they’re in in these scenes. Is it David’s childhood home? Or the home he lived in with Philly? It doesn’t look like Summerland. It’s not as if Legion doesn’t put in artistic shots that can either mean something or nothing at all, just a way of furthering a metaphor. But this doesn’t quite seem to be that. How could David possibly see Syd in those clothes- this specific outfit: 

Is seeing the future another ability he has that he has yet to learn of? Did he unknowingly foresee switching bodies with Syd? Did he unknowingly foresee leaving Clockworks with Syd? There’s so many intricate layers to his powers, the show has barely tapped the surface of it. Nothing is a mistake on Legion and this wracks my brain 

Gruvia and how to fix it

WARNING!! TAKE THIS POST WITH A SPOON FULL OF SALT BECAUSE SEEING FLAWS IN YOUR OTP DOES STING LIKE HELL.

Okay, as you all should know, Gruvia is my former OTP die hard ship. In recent months, I’ve realized that it’s not that great after all. I realized that the gruvia I love is not the one in Fairy Tail, but rather the one depicted in fanfics and fanart. I realized that the ship in canon is extremely one sided, damages ½ of the characters involved and is very forced.  A part of me will probably take this ship to the grave since I still can’t keep a straight face whenever they have a moment.

See, about 80% of Juvia’s current character is developed to gruvia or Gray in general which is not good for such a major character. Levy can get by with being attached to Gajeel because she’s not a major character, but not Juvia. AND practically all of the ship seems to favor her and only her in story. There isn’t any indication that Gray is getting anything from their close companionship besides discomfort in story for a long while. All of that equals a forced ship.

Before you read further, keep in mind that I’m not trying to bash gruvia or its supporters. I’m bashing Mashima’s writing and stating what I think would have made the progression of this ship smoother. In no way is this trying to disregard what happened in canon, I already know its too late to change anything. 

Now about how to improve it.

  • Give Juvia back her personality, relationships and character from Fantasia and Tower of Heaven arc. Have her function without Gray being in the equation somewhere. Show her having close relationships besides Gray, so that her crush on him is more of a character quirk rather than most of her character. (I would say that she has Meredy, but they get so little screen time together I don’t even know what their relationship is. ESPECIALLY Meredy because Mashima dedicated like 150 pages to jerza but couldn’t have more than 2 panels of Meredy and Juvia interacting??? Ditto for Gajeel. This is an element of Mashima’s poor writing style, unfortunately. It’s like how Lucy and Levy are supposedly best friends but almost never talk.) In turn, this will scale back the creep factor that’s ever present in this ship and will balance it out with character weight. You know when she was all shy and embarrassed to give him that lunch she made for him? That was the perfect balance. 
  • Scale down the obsessiveness and have it develop more like a relationship upgrade rather than Gray just giving up and settling because Juvia won’t leave him alone. If it’s supposed to be that Gray is slowly warming up to Juvia, then show it. Have him go from a blunt “no thanks, not interested” to a more tsundere attitude. Him bluntly telling her no then her persisting anyway is just her not having enough respect to listen to his opinions despite being in love which makes her affection seem a whole lot more shallow and ,surprise, one sided.
  • Go into detail about the relationship. Have them reflect on how the other person has helped them. Here, I’ll even give an example on the fly; Juvia loves and appreciates Gray for being her prince charming for taking her rain away because it made her depressed and isolated for the rest of her life. Gray appreciates Juvia because he knows she’s one of the people he can fall back on, she can lighten his mood when his thoughts get too morbid or he’s going through a tough time and generally makes him more cheerful/quirky. Seeing as Mashima has put so much effort into the ball of sexual tension and angst that is Jerza, he’s clearly capable of developing these things for relationships. He just…doesn’t for his other pairings.
  • Just let them talk. Have Juvia chill out for like 5 minutes and genuinely listen to what Gray thinks of her and her tendencies. And have Juvia explain exactly why she’s so devoted to Gray and how much it means to her. Because he has no idea what her thought process is and to him she’s just been this creepy stalker who won’t leave him alone and “loves” him. If she would do this, then that would explain why he could grow more receptive towards her affection.
  • When she starts getting close to him (say, Tenrou), have Juvia calm down with her obsession. Seriously. Tone it down from “obsessive and unable to function without him in her life” to “clingy” .
  • Honestly, Juvia’s character is like 75% of the problem with this ship. She’s like Sakura Haruno gone horribly wrong. Yes, Sakura chased Sasuke to the ends of the Earth despite him literally trying to kill her, but at least she 1) grew out of the puppy love stage and eventually genuinely wanted to save him from himself like Naruto and it showed 2) Had her own personality and relationships and was able to function without him there 3) Made an effort to search for him when he went missing //cough cough did it ever occur to her to go to sabertooth and ask for help? or to look for any of her former FT guildmates at all to help her?? like, a group manhunt is the next logical step up from looking by yourself, cmon-
  • I mean, she’s not even a yandere. At least yanderes are known for the badass and crazy lengths they go to for their love. At least yanderes has psychological layers and depth that many authors explore. Yet she’s not the love sick puppy character either. I wish she was one or the other instead of being stuck in this barely thicker than cardboard state.
  • Gruvia just seems to be an unfortunate victim of bad writing of all things. I’m not sure if there are major ft ships that are safe from this tho. 

EDIT: OK, so it seems that my passiveness for Levy has been taken the wrong way. And yikes this post has blown up. 

If you must know, no I don’t support the way Levy’s character has gone because of Gajevy. As opposed to Juvia who’s character seemed to become more revolved around her ship, Levy just kinda…slowly merges her existence with her ship. This problem is just a product of Mashima’s bad writing more than anything else tbh. It’s like…she keeps her personality and all that but now all of her major appearances come with Gajeel like they’re a pair set? I also noticed the strange, unintentional implication that she seems to be actively rejecting her own team in favor of Gajeel? (Why didn’t she go with them during the one year timeskip? They just had 7 years apart too?? And how much screentime does she spent with them vs with Gajeel?) The whole thing is really weird, especially since all the ship tease for gajevy came way before the fact that their first meeting was Gajeel kicking her ass and pinning her to a tree(?) was addressed. I like that it was addressed, but it really should have been so WAY earlier. That said, I don’t have many fucks to give about Levy, so other than those obvious faults, I don’t really care. 

Also, I don’t think this is anti gruvia…? I’m not hating on it or anything? It’s more like constructive criticism which DOES NOT equal hate. 

wow great timing emma

after roughly two weeks, 300-400 layers, and many breaks, i’m done. i’m so happy it’s done it looks nice i’m

of course it’s also available on redbubble and soon enough there’s gonna be a speedpaint